For all the progress seen in India's transformation into a modern global economy, the country remains strongly tied to the traditions of its caste system, which largely governs where Indians work and in what jobs. Worldfocus reports on the lowest form of work, for members of India's lowest class.
Campaigns are heating up as Indonesia approaches parliamentary elections on April 9. A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes about how election season is shaping up in Dolly, a district of Indonesia known for prostitution. He describes a vigorous debate between women in an overcrowded café.
A group of gunmen stormed a police academy in Lahore on Monday, triggering a bloody eight-hour siege in Pakistan's second largest city and raising even deeper concern about security in that vital nation. Amit Pandya of The Stimson Center discusses the attack.
John Nagl, president of the Center for a New American Security, discusses the Obama administration's plan and reports of an agreement between Taliban militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan to focus on fighting American combat troops.
Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine and Deborah Amos of National Public Radio discuss the week's top stories: Hillary Clinton's visit to Mexico, Israel's new government and prospects for peace and a troubling new report on ties between Pakistan's intelligence services and the Taliban.
A radical Islamic militant group from the southern Philippines, Abu Sayyaf, has threatened to behead a Red Cross hostage unless the military withdraws from the area.
Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine and Carla Robbins of The New York Times discuss the week's top stories: Messages to Iran from Israel and the United States, Israeli soldiers who may have killed civilians in the Gaza war and strategy in Afghanistan.
Australia lost a tenth soldier in the war in Afghanistan, the second to be killed this week. About 1,000 Australian soldiers are serving in Afghanistan, and NATO has requested more. Worldfocus contributors debate Australia's role in the war.
David Sanger of The New York Times discusses the Obama administration's possible expansion of American missile attacks in Pakistan and whether this could further destabilize the Pakistani government.
Shuja Nawaz of the Atlantic Council of the United States discusses the Pakistani government's decision to reinstate a popular chief justice who was dismissed years ago, a concession in the wake of widespread protests.